Sometimes everything comes together, and that’s what happened at Limmud Johannesburg, an international festival of Jewish learning at which I was scheduled to present.
In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, I’d planned to talk about the history of Hebrew, Bible translation, and, of course, the Bible’s cutting room floor — all based on my books. It was set to be a typical weekend for me.
What I didn’t expect was everything else. The “hotel” — in the outer suburbs of Johannesburg — was practically a resort. The food was delicious and plentiful. The attendees were unusually fun and particularly engaging. And I had a wonderful time with my fellow presenters.
Having organized conferences in the past, I know how hard it is. So I’m both grateful and a little in awe of what the organizers put together there.
I hope I’ll have the opportunity some day to return.